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You can't play games on laptops regardless of what people tell you, it just doesn't work.
Is it? Wonder why is there RoG version laptops from Asus, which are meant for games...
Wonder why is there Alienware laptops with 2 M5870 in Crossfire, an i7 720QM and 6Gb of ram, using MS Pain perhaps?
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post #12 of 18
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Wow doesn't take much. The games he wants to play are more demanding.
I tired playing ScII two on a 5650 and my laptop overheated. Had the right cooler and laptop stool too. He needs atleast a class one.
Well you're wrong.

Wow takes quite a bit more now if you want to run it at full settings. There are many more effects from everyone's spells and abilities that are displayed on your screen. Also the world was changed and with it, the graphics engine was updated and now benefits from DX11 graphics cards.

If you still think wow requires nothing to play; you either haven't played it or you played the STREAMING 10 day trial. Streaming is emphasized because it is STREAMED while you play - so you don't get to pick the quality of the graphics.

I play ScII while at work all the time with my coworker in the other room. The 5650 and i5 processor have plenty of umph for this game. I would recommend you check your cooling system for dust and check your bios/drivers for issues.
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I've already post this link in a couple of different threads, but I was in the market for a game capable system in the same exact price range.


$667 - i5 460M w/5650 1GB dedicated graphics.

If you can find a better deal for that price, please let me know so I can slap myself. I spent a good week mulling over the alternatives.

You'll find the better graphics cards in that price range, such as the GTX 260 cards, are in older technology Core 2 Duo laptops, most of which are refurbished or used like this one -

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-707-_-Product

That Core 2 Duo processor is no comparison to the i5 460M, so if processing power is important, the i5 460M and 5650 are fairly well paired together, as far as bottlenecks go.

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Is it? Wonder why is there RoG version laptops from Asus, which are meant for games...
Wonder why is there Alienware laptops with 2 M5870 in Crossfire, an i7 720QM and 6Gb of ram, using MS Pain perhaps?
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To the response above my rig I built 5 years ago is the one with the Radeon HD 4670 AGP not PCIE not my laptop. I started out with a Radeon 9800XT 256MB That I got on sale for $300 at the time. I know the aldi computer is sh#t for gaming but wow works good enough to raid. Its first person shooters It sux at. So back to what I should Invest in when taxes come in........ Home PC it is. Should I wait for a new processor socket launch to build I dont want to buy one then they change everything in 3 months I feel like thats what happened when I built my p4 rig then everything went dual core and PCIE. Should I go 4-6-8 core and what about the new intel sandy chips? I can build a Basic rig and add video card later. Upcoming games to be ready for Duke Nukem Forever, Diablo 3
Edited by dmadams - 1/17/11 at 1:30am
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To the response above my rig I built 5 years ago is the one with the Radeon HD 4670 AGP not PCIE not my laptop. I started out with a Radeon 9800XT 256MB That I got on sale for $300 at the time. I know the aldi computer is sh#t for gaming but wow works good enough to raid. Its first person shooters It sux at. So back to what I should Invest in when taxes come in........ Home PC it is. Should I wait for a new processor socket launch to build I dont want to buy one then they change everything in 3 months I feel like thats what happened when I built my p4 rig then everything went dual core and PCIE. Should I go 4-6-8 core and what about the new intel sandy chips? I can build a Basic rig and add video card later. Upcoming games to be ready for Duke Nukem Forever, Diablo 3
Playing the keep-up game with computers is expensive expensive expensive! Judging from your post it sounds like you're cost conscious. Just look middle of the road. You're not going to even be in a boat with your budget where worrying about up and coming technology should be a concern. Sandy Bridge processors are out and they start out in the low $300's just for the CPU, tack on a MB and you're looking closer to $500+, just for those two components. After 6 months you may be able to shave off $100 from that.

For a home desktop PC on a budget, I would suggest something like an AMD quad core of some sort, you can get a decent home system capable of gaming in the 500-700 range easy. I've been helping a friend shop around at that same price point, and there are a lot of options.

Again, don't expect to get anything spectacular, but you should be able to get something "good".

Make a post on the AMD or Intel desktop side and they'll be able to help you pick something out, if you are no longer in the market for a laptop.
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post #17 of 18
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I've already post this link in a couple of different threads, but I was in the market for a game capable system in the same exact price range.

Amazon.com: Acer AS7741G-7017 17.3-Inch Laptop ( Black): Electronics

$667 - i5 460M w/5650 1GB dedicated graphics.

If you can find a better deal for that price, please let me know so I can slap myself. I spent a good week mulling over the alternatives.

You'll find the better graphics cards in that price range, such as the GTX 260 cards, are in older technology Core 2 Duo laptops, most of which are refurbished or used like this one -

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-707-_-Product

That Core 2 Duo processor is no comparison to the i5 460M, so if processing power is important, the i5 460M and 5650 are fairly well paired together, as far as bottlenecks go.

This model is so good.
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To the response above my rig I built 5 years ago is the one with the Radeon HD 4670 AGP not PCIE not my laptop. I started out with a Radeon 9800XT 256MB That I got on sale for $300 at the time. I know the aldi computer is sh#t for gaming but wow works good enough to raid. Its first person shooters It sux at. So back to what I should Invest in when taxes come in........ Home PC it is. Should I wait for a new processor socket launch to build I dont want to buy one then they change everything in 3 months I feel like thats what happened when I built my p4 rig then everything went dual core and PCIE. Should I go 4-6-8 core and what about the new intel sandy chips? I can build a Basic rig and add video card later. Upcoming games to be ready for Duke Nukem Forever, Diablo 3
For school, I got my laptop almost four years ago (older than yours!), run Windows Vista, and I'm able to get all my stuff done just fine. Unless you're doing some sort of process-intensive media work you shouldn't need anything more than a netbook for school. So what if I have trouble playing flash games? Better incentive to work, I say!

If you want to build a desktop, my rig might be a good reference point. Guesstimating in my head, it should come out around $600-$700 if you just downgrade the PSU and go with stock cooling for the CPU. It's a good middle-of-the-road build that will allow you to play all games, but maybe not at max settings depending on your resolution.

Here are some things I would consider if I were re-building today:
Going Intel with i5-760 vs. my Phenom II 965. Intel would be a superior solution for a little bit more cash. Sure, it's not Sandy Bridge, but Sandy Bridge would set you back an arm while an i5-760 would set you back a pinky.

Consider waiting a few weeks for the GTX 560 to come out. It may be a little pricier than you can afford, but you'll at least want to see how it affects the market before you make a decision. Also, consider going with an HD 6850 or HD 6870 over a GTX 460, but keep in mind the GTX 460 has massive overclocking headroom just on stock cooling.

Sure you're spending $500-$700, but hardware is ahead of software right now so you'll be a little future-proofed and you'll have a massively superior gaming experience to what you have now.
Edited by lonewolf371 - 1/17/11 at 5:22pm
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